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An Old Fashioned Wife

Words by P. G. Wodehouse

Music by Jerome Kern

New York: T. B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter (1917)

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[Verse 1]
The modern wife leads a dreadful life,
That seems the modern fashion.
For wicked ways
And cabarets,
She seems to have a passion.
I never shall be up-to-date,
That sort of thing,
I know I’d hate.

I want to be a good little wife
In the good old fashioned way
I’ll honor and obey
From my home I’ll never stray.
Although the thing that’s smart, is
To be out all night at parties,
I’ll be sitting
With my knitting
In the good old fashioned way.

I want to be a good little wife
In the good old fashioned way.
Forever and a day,
Till our two heads are bent and gray.
Through days serene and stormy
There will be but one man for me,
And we’ll weather
Life together In the good old fashioned way.

[Verse 2]
It's thought quite queer if they last a year,
These marriages that we know.
You've hardly cried;
"Here comes the bride!"
Before she's off to Reno.
They'll have to change it I suppose,
From; "Here she comes!" to;
"There she goes!"




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